The Indianapolis Colts had a great season, but lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Indy is a team on the rise with Andrew Luck under center, but they still need some pieces to become legitimate championship contenders. However, drafting the wrong player or two could send the Colts in the opposite direction. Here are the players the Colts need to avoid in the draft:
Indianapolis’ safeties struggled in pass coverage in 2014, and after cutting starting strong safety LaRon Landry, they need to find a good player who can anchor the back end of the defense.
Holliman turned heads by picking off 14 passes last season, tying an NCAA record, but the combine showed he’s not very athletic, and he struggled to make tackles this year. He has a much better chance of being a bust than he does of exceeding expectations.
Indianapolis is trying to surround Andrew Luck with as many weapons as possible, and Dorial Green-Beckham has as much talent as any receiver in the draft. At 6’6″, could provide the team with a big red zone target they've been lacking. However, numerous off-field issues – including burglary and assault charges – caused him to transfer from Mizzou to Oklahoma and raise giant red flags Indianapolis doesn’t want to deal with.
ILB Paul Dawson, TCU
Dawson’s huge 2014 campaign for the TCU Horned Frogs has some draft pundits projecting him in the late 2nd round. However, despite Dawson’s impressive motor as a relatively undersized inside linebacker (and the Colts’ likely plan to find an ILB somewhere in the first half of the draft), he’s carrying some off-the-field baggage (a failed drug test for non-prescribed Adderall in his sophomore season) with him to the next level. Couple that with rumblings and rumors of unrest surrounding Dawson in the Horned Frogs’ locker room, and the Colts may be wise to look elsewhere.
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